Trailfinders colleagues take on Movember for three-year-old’s surgery

A Trailfinders employee and his colleagues are growing moustaches in Movember to help raise £50,000 for surgery and aftercare for his three-year-old son.

Trailfinders chairman and founder Mike Gooley has agreed to match funds raised by Nick England and nine of his colleagues at a branch in Birmingham.

They are growing their facial hair for the fund for young James for the third year in a row.

James was born ten weeks early and spent the first five weeks of his life in intensive care.

He was diagnosed at 15 months with cerebral palsy.

James is on the waiting list for surgery at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool but the family need to raise the funds for this as well as specialist equipment and physiotherapy.


The cost will not be covered by the NHS, but his neurosurgeon believes that the procedure will improve James’ quality of life and reduce his pain. It may also help him to walk.

England said: ‘It’s great that my colleagues have got behind me again.

“Obviously this year will be very different – we are all working from home and some of us are furloughed, so there’ll be none of the usual comparing hair growth in the office. But we’re hoping to keep things going on social media, Zoom and the like.

“In the first year we raised £6,000 – this year I’ve set a lower target as things are very difficult for many people, but obviously we are hoping to raise as much as possible, and every penny counts.

“I am of course very grateful to Trailfinders for agreeing to the match funding again.”

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